Last updated: Oct 2nd, 2018 by Tom Erickson, Regional Champion
If you are reading this, then you already know that ping pong is a great way for you to get closer to your family, bond with coworkers, and even shed a few pounds.
But perhaps you aren’t quite sure what YOUR perfect table is?
Don’t worry, whether you are looking for a new table tennis table for yourself, your children, or your startup’s office, we’ve got you covered. It doesn’t matter whether your budget is $200 or $2000, or whether you need an Indoor or Outdoor table – in this article I’m going to walk you through everything you need to know before you buy.
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Best Indoor Ping Pong Tables On The Market Today
|1||Killerspin Revolution Table Tennis Table||10||CLICK HERE FOR PRICE|
|2|| Stiga Advantage Table Tennis Table||9.6||CLICK HERE FOR PRICE|
|3||JOOLA Inside Table Tennis Table||9.2||CLICK HERE FOR PRICE|
|4||JOOLA Tour 1500 Indoor Table Tennis Table||8.9||CLICK HERE FOR PRICE|
|5||STIGA Synergy Table Tennis Table||8.5||CLICK HERE FOR PRICE|
Best Outdoor Ping Pong Tables On The Market Today
|1|| JOOLA Nova Outdoor Table Tennis Table||9.9||CLICK HERE FOR PRICE|
|2||STIGA XTR Outdoor Table||9.6||CLICK HERE FOR PRICE|
|3||Stiga Outdoor Table Tennis Table – Vapor||9.4||CLICK HERE FOR PRICE|
|4|| Cornilleau Sport 500M Outdoor Table Tennis Table||9.1||CLICK HERE FOR PRICE|
|5|| Harvil Outsider Table Tennis Table||8.9||CLICK HERE FOR PRICE|
Choosing the Best Ping Pong Table
To begin our analysis, we will look at the different kinds of tables that are out there. First we will explain what to look for in indoor and outdoor tables. After that, we will look at four other aspects of tables that you will likely want to consider.
Indoor vs Outdoor Tables
Competitive ping pong is played on indoor tables, but on a calm, dry day ping pong can be played outdoors. While any ping pong table can be taken outdoors for a short period of time, the conditions outdoors require a table with certain specifications.
Outdoor tables are typically built sturdier, with galvanized steel undercarriages or out of concrete. This is to give the table weight against the wind. The playing surfaces are also made to be weatherproof, to prevent water damage and warping from the sun. As in general most outdoor tables tend to be more expensive than indoor tables, there are more economical models that are made with a thinner playing surface or materials that are more resilient against the elements.
As a rule of thumb, according to most experts, including Martin Hughes at allabouttabletennis.com it is best to only buy an outdoor table for when you know it will always be kept outdoors. Another factor is that any outdoor table is unlikely to last incredibly long, making it quite an investment.
Once you have determined whether you want to buy an outdoor table or an indoor table, there are a few basics you should think about when you make your purchase.
The first and most important criteria of your ping pong table purchase is going to be where you are going to put it. A regulation table is 9 feet long, 5 feet wide and 2 and a half feet high, with the net extending another six inches past both sides of the table and six inches above it. For comfortable play, Tiger Ping Pong recommends at least five feet behind each end and three feet to each side of open space for a regulation table for optimal experience. If you do not mind bumping into walls and furniture, you can work with a smaller space, within reason of course.
The other aspect of your playing space is if you can permanently have or want the table open. Most people will not be able to dedicate a room to a full time ping pong table. Being able to collapse your table to get it out of the way is a convenience that it is likely you will appreciate when the need arises.
Another factor in your purchase of a ping pong table is how much experience you or the other players have. If you are just starting out or will be around a lot of novice players, chances are that you will not get as much out of a higher end table beyond its likely quality construction and durability. In some cases though, those expensive, high-performance tables do not last any longer than a cheaper table.
If your purchase is for a community room or office, you will obviously want to consider durability over performance. As a rule, people do not take as good of care of items they do not personally own making a sturdier table that may not give as true of a bounce better in those situations.
Tying into experience, economics come into play when purchasing your table. Tables can be as cheap as a few hundred dollars all the way to over several thousand dollars for a premier table. Keep in mind your budget and do not feel that you have to go overboard. Get the table you can afford. Nothing is more frustrating than feeling like you spent money you did not want to spend, especially if that purchase turns out less than satisfactory.
Along with the standard dimensions, a regulation table is required to be made of one continuous piece of material, usually wood or some sort of derivative. If you are planning on playing tournament level games, this will be a consideration, but more likely than not, you are just looking for a table for the rec room, meaning that you can go with a table that folds up for storage if needed.
Another specification of a tournament-level table is that a ball bounces over nine inches when dropped from a foot over the table. For many tables, one easy measure of quality can be how close it comes to matching this standard. When factoring in budget and the level of play expected on it, balancing performance with price and expectations can be of utmost importance.
Top Indoor Ping Pong Tables
Like mentioned in the above section, most likely you will be looking into buying an indoor table. There are still a wide variety of options available to you and in our opinion, these are the better indoor tables on the market.
3. JOOLA Inside Table Tennis Table
The JOOLA Inside Table is a great ping pong table for the beginning player or someone that needs a table that they can get out of the way easily. Priced below four hundred dollars, this ping pong table is ideal for the family or office that wants a table that they can get out of the way when not in use.
The Joola Inside Table offers a professional-grade playing surface with its 5/8ths inch wood composite table surface supported by 1.5 inch steel legs that enable this table to be folded up to a compact size quickly when you need to store it. It also can if needed be turned into two free standing tables if needed for entertaining. This also makes the table easier to move as it can become two lighter sections as opposed to one heavy and potentially cumbersome table.
At this low of a price, even for a table meant to be a recreational table to go in your garage or basement, unfortunately many customers reported issues with its ability to hold up over time. But if looking for a great choice for those looking for a ping pong table that offers both flexibility and economy.
4. JOOLA Tour 1500 Indoor Table Tennis Table
For around one hundred dollars more than their Inside Table Tennis Table, the JOOLA Tour 1500 Table Tennis Table offers a tournament grade surface at only a slight bit more than your basic, entry-level tables. This makes it a great table for the serious player needing a table for personal practice.
At this price, you expect a table that can be folded up for storage when not in use, which the Tour 1500 does well. Its dual trolley system allows you to collapse each side of the table individually and move them out of the way as needed. As well, the casters allow each end of the table to be aligned as well as adjusted if playing on a floor that is uneven. The ease of movement enables you to move this table out of the way or convert the table into two separate tables if needed.
While this table is convenient to move if part of a multi-use room and ideal for practice, the low price does lead to problems with durability, as well as some noted issues with construction as some buyers reported bent supports or other parts coming out of the box. Even then, the Tour 1500 gives you a ping pong table that is convenient and wallet-friendly.
5. Sponeta Super Compact, 8-37 W Premium Indoor Table Tennis Table, ITTF Tournament Approved
Being ITTF Tournament approved, the Sponeta Super Compact 8-37 W Premium Indoor Table Tennis Table is on the higher end of the foldable tables in both price and quality. This ping pong table offers a lot of amenities for the money spent, making it a great table for those who want something that is on par with tournament-level tables but still offer some of the convenience of a foldable table.
One thing that truly stands out about the 8-37 W is how sturdy it is, especially for a table that folds up. Between its 1-inch thick chipboard table surface and its steel frame, it is hard to budge this table when it is open. Even with this weight though, the table can easily be folded for storage thanks to the gas pressure springs and a simple automatic click mechanism feature. These fold and lock the table with ease, and along with the swivel wheels enable one person to move and store this table.
As well as being an easy table to store, unlike many foldable tables, this table was made by Sponeta to be wheelchair accessible. While it is more expensive that most foldable tables, you are paying for a high-quality, amenity packed table.
6. STIGA Synergy Table Tennis Table
The STIGA Synergy Table Tennis Table, much like the rest of its Syngergy line, brings STIGA’s reputation of making quality, professional caliber ping pong equipment to the amateur player. The Synergy, while a little more expensive than most other tables considered to be entry-level tables, does provide a table great for the beginner than even a more experienced player can appreciate.
The Synergy, unlike most tables of its class has the markings on the table top silk screened instead of painted on, providing a completely flat and smooth table surface that is usually only found on more expensive tables. Coupling this with its 2 inch thick steel apron, the Synergy provides the true and consistent play that is expected of much more expensive tables.
There is also an attention to detail on this table which is unparalleled in its class. The legs themselves open automatically when unlocked, which can make setting up the table from storage much easier. As well, for safety, the corners of the table have protection which prevents injuries from sharp corners.
7. Viper Arlington Indoor Table Tennis Table
With its red accents on its frame underneath a black table, the Viper Arlington Indoor Table Tennis Table offers a pizzazz which makes it stands out from the class of entry-level tables. Priced close to the middle of tables meant for recreational or beginning players, beyond its looks, the Arlington offers what is good, although basic table.
Compared to many tables made to be folded for storage, the Arlington can be commended for its relatively small storage size. Between its thinner frame elements and its dual-trolley system, this table compacts to fit in a two foot-wide space. While the table did require a bit of gentleness when opening and closing, being able to fit it into a tighter space when stored was attractive, especially for those who were putting the table into a closet or tight space when not in use.
Beyond storage and looks, there is not much that really stands out for this table. It is a well made table that offers comparable quality of play to other tables at its price point.
8. Killerspin MyT5 Premium Table Tennis Table
The Killerspin MyT5 Premium Table Tennis Table offers tournament-level play in a table that folds for storage or practice capabilities. Much like many of Killerspin’s products, the pricing of the MyT5 compares favorably to other tables in its class. This ping pong table offers the same quality and features as tables that cost much more.
Between its color options and sturdy frame, the MyT5 is made to be the centerpiece of a game room for a long time. Its medium density 15mm fiberboard table top provides consistent, long-lasting play with a resilience found usually only in high-end tables. As well, this table folds for practice or storage quickly and with minimal hassle. Its solid steel frame is sturdy, yet light enough to allow easy movement on its eight casters.
The MyT5 much like the rest of the Killerspin offerings, is a leader of its class and an incredible value. For a price not much more than the higher-end of the entry-level ping pong tables, the MyT5 offers a level of play of a table nearly twice its price.
9. JOOLA Tour 1800 Indoor Table Tennis Table
A sturdy and economical offering, the JOOLA Tour 1800 Indoor Table Tennis Table is a ping pong table which offers a tournament quality table which can be stored with ease when needed. Its price places it clearly in the mid-range among portable tables, but it offers a few features that make it worth that price.
Like many mid-range tables, the Tour 1800 focuses on adjustability and quick set up and conversion. This ping pong table does this with independent adjustment on all four legs which allows you to compensate for an uneven floor. As well, the Tour 1800 has a double anti-tiliting feature, which prevents it from being lifted up by weight being placed on one end.
The 19 mm table medium density fiberboard top on this table ensures quality play, although it is prone to warping, especially in exposure to humidity or heat. Even with this concern, the Tour 1800 is a high-quality, but affordable foldable ping pong table.
10. STIGA InstaPlay Table Tennis Table
The STIGA InstaPlay Table Tennis Table is a ping pong table that offers STIGA quality in a dual-chassis table, making it very friendly for those who need to move their table for storage. While it is priced a little higher than similar tables, by being ready to play upon delivery and STIGA’s reputation for quality and attention to detail makes it a great choice.
The InstaPlay as its name implies is made for quick setup, which it manages with its easy to unlock safety latches. With one press the latch holding each side releases, but these latches are still solid enough to not unlatch on its own. This table is a great choice for those wanting a nice table they can bring out when needed quickly and simply.
Like other STIGA tables, the InstaPlay has many of the same safety features like corner protectors and locks that give STIGA’s its reputation for being a leader in ping pong tables and equipment. Even then, it is debatable that these little things justify the difference in price between this table and other starter-level tables.
11. STIGA Triumph Table Tennis Table
STIGA Triumph Table Tennis Table is STIGA’s lowest priced table and as such is a basic table. Still the STIGA brand maintains its reputation as this is still a table built to STIGA’s standards.
The Triumph multigame table is priced to be an entry-level table and for a basic table, it does its job. The playing surface provides a fairly consistent bounce for a lower-end table, although it has painted lines on the table instead of the screen printed lines of other STIGA tables. But considering that many high end tables have painted lines, this is really only a minor concern.
This ping pong table also had another issue that had to do with how it folded to become a practice table. The sides when folded do not fold parallel with the net, causing returns to not be true when practicing. But for a basic table that can get you started on ping pong, the Triumph is a good table that is fairly cheap.
12. STIGA STS 420 Table Tennis Table
The STIGA STS 420 Table Tennis Table is to give a great ping pong experience quickly, although at a higher-end price for a mobile table. Still, this is a tournament-level table that is built to last and it provides amenities that you will wonder how you did without once you have used them.
The STS 420 has a 1 inch thick tournament standard playing surface finished to have a smooth finish that will last for years, providing a solid bounce and years of enjoyment. Also impressive is the ball storage compartments built into the apron of each end to compliment STIGA’s 3D-moulded corner protectors which as mentioned on other models, protect from scratches and snags.
Even more impressive is that this table is shipped ready to play out of the box, just requiring a couple of bolts and putting in the leg levelers. Many purchasers did feel the price was a little off-putting, but they tended to change their opinion once they saw the quality and durability of this ping pong table.
13. Cornilleau Sport 500 Indoor Table Tennis Table
A unique look is the first thing you notice when looking at the Cornilleau Sport 500 Indoor Table Tennis Table. This ping pong table has an arched design to its legs and supports that is unique in the industry, especially in mobile tables.
The Sport 500 has a 7/8ths inch thick chipboard playing surface on top of these arcs, which gives its tables a solid energy return. As well, the DSI security system allows you to easily open and close this ping pong table and prevent accidents while stored. The table is easy to store and move with this consideration and ideal for the committed ping pong player who does not have the space for a table at all times.
The biggest drawback to the Sport 500 in most opinions is that it is priced a little higher than its equivalent tables on the market from other makers. Serious players will not see this as an issue, but those looking for a table for their family or the general player will probably not want to pay the premium for this table.
14. STIGA Expert Roller Table Tennis Table
Their top mobile ping pong table, the STIGA Expert Roller Table Tennis Table features a price that might make some blanche. It is on the expensive side for a mobile table, but between the features of this table and STIGA’s reputation for high-quality ping pong goods, you easily get your money’s worth in this table.
Where this table rates really high in in its sturdiness, attributable to the Expert’s 2.5 by 1.5 inch steel legs. These legs support a one inch thick wood playing surface, finished smooth to provide a durable surface that will provide a consistent bounce for years. This table is built to take on hard shots and returns and not budge a millimeter.
While this table is likely a bit much for the person buying their first table. For those looking for a table that will withstand years of use and still play great, the STIGA Expert is a good choice.
Our Choice For Best Indoor Ping Pong Table
Killerspin Revolution Table Tennis Table
As a rule of thumb, you do give up a little bit with any mobile ping pong table. But usually an ITTF approved table, meaning one that has one solid playing surface runs several thousand dollars. The Killerspin Revolution is the exception to this rule though, providing a high quality ping pong table at a price just slightly above that of the highest-end mobile tables.
The Revolution boasts a 22 millimeter thick medium density fiberboard, providing great bounce and rebound off its surface. This surface sits a top a steel arch support that not only provides a sturdy and unmovable base to the table, but also an attention getting item that will be the center of attention in any room.
While this ping pong table does command a permanent space for set up as it does not fold up for storage, if you can make the commitment to a table that is a permanent fixture, you will not regret buying the Killerspin Revolution.
Top Outdoor Ping Pong Tables On The Market
If you are looking for a table you plan on using outdoors, it is important to get a table rated for outdoor play as it will resist warping from sun and moisture as well as be better able to withstand wind.
While your mobile indoor table has wheels, it does not mean that it will function for long as an outdoor table. With that in mind, here our the best outdoor tables in our opinion.
2. STIGA XTR Outdoor Table
When you want to take your love of the game outside, you need a table tennis table designed for outdoor play like the XTR from STIGA. Made from aluminum, this table can withstand all types of weather conditions, including both snow and rain. The top won’t warp when exposed to moisture the way indoor models can.
STIGA designed this table for fast set up. It takes just 10 minutes for you to set it up on your patio or lawn. Though this model comes folded, the legs have a self-folding design that allows you to quickly unfold the table and start a new game.
Many players like that this model has a folding design because that allows them to store the table in a garage or an outdoor shed. You can also store it right on your patio and tuck it into a corner to save on storage space. With a bright blue surface that features bold white lines, this table helps all players line up their shots.
7. Killerspin MyT Street Edition Outdoor Table Tennis Table
Killerspin’s MyT Street Edition Outdoor Table Tennis Table combines their attention to style with a functional and portable table. The two things that draw attention to this outdoor table are its light weight and edgy design.
The MyT Street Edition table because of its light weight is much more mobile than the typical outdoor use table. The entire table weighs 145 pounds and each side of the table separates for even easier movement of the table. The playing surface is a 1/6 inch thick aluminum and plastic blend that tends to play faster and with more spin than the typical table, even if it does not give the expect bounce.
At the same time, the weight of the MyT Street might be a drawback as well as it seems to be more of a table that you store in a shed and take outside when wanted rather than a table that can sit outside full time. It at least would be a table that you would want to get put up in the face of storms, although the frame and surface appear solid enough to take some substantial punishment.
9. Butterfly Sport Outdoor Rollaway
Another indoor/outdoor use table, the Butterfly Sport Outdoor Rollaway ping pong table offers play anywhere versatility at a price much lower than many outdoor use tables.
The most attractive feature of the Sport Outdoor Rollaway is the low profile of this table when stored, folding up to slightly more than two feet wide. This combined with its fairly light weight makes it an easy table to bring outside when the weather is agreeable. The playing surface is melamine resin, allowing for a light weight surface that plays closer to wood than most outdoor surfaces.
Like most other outdoor tables made for easy storage, this table is ideal for sun porches or being kept in a shed or garage and brought out when needed. This table can be used indoors easily as its price is comparable to mid-tier folding indoor tables.
Our Choice For Best Outdoor Ping Pong Table
JOOLA Nova Outdoor Table Tennis Table
Our winner for the best outdoor table tennis table is the JOOLA Nova. While you can easily use this table indoors, it works great outdoors too.
As much fun as you have playing table tennis in your rec room or living room, you may find that you have even more fun when you take the game outside. The best table tennis table for outdoor play is the Nova from JOOLA. Also called the Nova DX, this is a product that you can use during parties and when you just want to have some fun with family or friends.
At nine-feet-long by five-feet-wide, the Nova is a tournament table that lets you enjoy the exciting feel of competitions in your own home and in the great outdoors. Not only does this meet the standards imposed by professional table tennis organizations, but it has the seal of approval from USA Table Tennis, which is the group that holds tournaments across the country. JOOLA is the official brand of the National Championship in the United States and the US Open.
As an outdoor mode, the Nova features a thick playing surface that measures 6mm in size. This surface uses a composite material that mixes plastic with aluminum. Not only does this material withstand exposure to outdoor elements like rain and wind, but the surface won’t warp either.
In addition to giving you a completely smooth and flat playing surface, the Nova is easy to put together. When you take it out of the box, you’ll find that it comes with just eight bolts that attach the legs to the top. You can set this table up in just 15 minutes.
The three-inch wheels used on four of the bottom legs make this table one of the easiest models to transport because those wheels evenly distribute the weight of the surface. You’ll also like that you can fold the table down to store it in a garden shed or any other outdoor space.
Top Table Under $1000
Cornilleau Sport 250S Outdoor Table Tennis Table
With an affordable price, the 250S Outdoor Table Tennis Table from Cornilleau Sport offers some of the same features as tables priced above $1,000, including those from the same manufacturer. This model has a laminate resin surface that measures five millimeters in size, which gives it the great bounce that indoor tables have and outdoor tables often lack.
The galvanized steel used in the construction of the table frame helps this one weigh less, which makes it easier to move. Large wheels in the center create a frame that helps with transportation too. Each of the wheels has a double design with a durable and notched tread.
As a crossover ping pong table, the 250S works just as well for indoor play as it does for outdoor games. Its lightweight design and notched wheels allow players to move the table inside and out to set up games with ease.
Top Table Under $500
JOOLA Inside Table Tennis Table
The top table under $500 is the JOOLA Inside Table Tennis Table, which is one of the more affordable tables with a high average rating from shoppers. Designed for those who take the game more seriously, it meets all the standards for both tournament and competition play.
Players have the option of folding up just one side for practice sessions. This creates a flat surface that allows players to hit the ball against the wall and have the ball come right back to them.
The large wheels located on the bottom of the table are perfect for moving it while folded or while the surface is flat. Those wheels also lock in place to prevent the table from wobbling during games. Players lock and unlock the wheels with one foot.
A playing surface that measures 15 millimeters creates a nice surface that is both reliable and consistent. This gives each ball hit a nice amount of bounce that players cannot get on their own.
Top Table Under $300
Stiga Space Saver
Though some people think that the top tables are those with a high price tag, the STIGA Space Saver proves that players can get a good table at a lower price. As the top table under $300, this is a table that owners can pull out and use whenever they want to play a game and then pop it back in storage when they’re done.
This 71-inch long table features four legs with connectors between the legs to keep the table upright and to add some stability to the surface as balls bounce across the top. Unlike other tables that require quite a bit of set up, this one sets up quickly once taken out of its shipping box too.
The 5/8-inch MDF top on the table adds the perfect amount of bounce to balls and comes with a silk-screened playing surface added to it, which will last longer than tables that use painted graphics.
Top Table Under $200
Franklin Sports Mid Size
The Franklin Sports Mid Size Table Tennis Table is a regulation height table that features bent metal legs to keep its weight down. Those legs fold flat for easier storage and to bring down the size of the table. Both sides also fold up to form a box, and it has a carrying handle on the top that makes this look more like a suitcase.
As the top table under $200, this is also one of the only ones in this price range to feature levelers on each leg. Those levelers allow players to even out the playing surface and to compensate for uneven floors.
A bright green finish on the playing surface makes it easier for players to see the white line running down the center, which helps them set up shots. It also comes with a net that players can take off when storing the table.
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